#44 Mall of America

#44 of 52 Must See Things in Minneapolis.

The Mall of America is absolutely a must-see if you’re visiting Minnesota. It’s one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, and it’s just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. They don’t call it the Mall of America for nothing. 9 Yankee Stadiums, 43 Boeing 747s or 347 Statues of Liberty could fit inside the mall. With over 520 stores, 50 restaurants, and a full theme park, the Mall isn’t just a shopping center, it’s a destination.

Shop designer, locally made, discounted, and all your favorite brands without ever leaving the building. From apparel and beauty to books and electronics, the Mall has it all. And did we mention that we don’t have sales tax on clothing and shoes? That’s right, shop apparel and footwear TAX FREE!

The Mall isn’t just for shopping. Go flying, spinning, dropping, or twirling on any of the thrilling rides at Nickelodeon Universe. Even meet the Nick characters and take a look around at their specialty shops. While you’re there, don’t miss the SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium. Get a closer look at sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, jelly fish, seahorses and more. Get your hands dirty at the touch pools and stamp stations, or even swim with the sharks or snorkel in their Rainbow Reef exhibit. Try FlyOver America to get a unique flying experience like no other. You'll forget you're still at ground level. Looking for even more thrills? Head to SMAAASH for world-class gaming, virtual reality, simulation technology among other action-packed adventures. And if you’re in need of a good laugh, get tickets to Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, where nationally-acclaimed comedians take the stage and perform some of the best stand-up comedy around.

After all of the activity, you’ll need to fuel up. Luckily, the Mall has plenty of options! Try BenihanaCRAVEGameWorksMasu SushiRainforest Café, and more. Check out their happy hour deals and specials.

Check to find out which events are happening this week! During the holidays, you’ll find meet at greets at Santa Land, pet photos with Santa and The Santa Experience, perfect for busy families who still want their little one to experience this holiday tradition. Need help with finding that perfect holiday gift? Check out the Mall of America Gift Guide and get that special someone something they’ll love.